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Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers Defense: Smoke and Mirrors

This isn't your dad's 49ers.

Is that getting old, already?

Didn't think so.

While the statement holds true for the 49ers current offense and special teams, it's also accurate for their 2010 defense.

Greg Manusky's fortified unit has been the team's most consistent component over the last three seasons.

When the offense sputtered, the defense usually kept San Francisco in games.

When the special teams faltered, the defense would usually bail them out. Even when the defense bent, they typically would not break.

And when they smelled blood, the 49ers defensive standouts forced devastating, game-breaking turnovers.

At the heart of Manusky's resistance force is a philosophy based on mirror symmetry.

For instance, rookie lineb...

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